Namibia, Botswana & Zambia in 20-days
Each country has so much to offer; culture, landscape, wildlife etc. It's hard to choose where to go, so why not get at taste of each in one itinerary? Our vehicles have the ability to cross borders, and as we have bases in all the countries we operate, so you are free to traverse Africa.
Our Dunes and Falls itinerary, a client favourite, has you do exactly this. The itinerary has you start in Namibia's capital city, Windhoek, where you will be met by our in-country team who will collect you from the airport and introduce you to your Safari Drive vehicle and its equipment. They not only introduce you to the vehicle and equipment, but sit down and go over your route and how to complete it. Suddenly African border crossings become simple and you depart Windhoek knowing exactly what is required to complete the trip, knowing you have our teams support should you need it. It's extremely reassuring.
Enjoy one night in Windhoek to recharge from the overnight flight, and the morning to pick up supplies before setting off.
The Namib Desert
First stop, the world's oldest desert, the Namib. The Namib Desert is host to not only some of oldest sand dunes in the world, but some of the largest too. These towering mountains of sand are both striking and great fun to explore. One of the most popular places to visit is the giant dunes of Sossusvlei. Dune 7 reaching a height of 383m - the country’s highest sand dune, and Deadvlei; a massive salt and clay pan surrounded by some of the world’s highest sand dunes. Many of them more than 200m tall, with the largest being 325m.
The Skeleton Coast
Next stop, the Skeleton Coast, famous for its shipwrecks. Historically, this coastline is dangerous. The rough seas, roaring winds, strong ocean currents and thick fogs are the reason many ships met their fate here. You can drive up the coast to see some of these impressive wrecks, however the best way to see them is via a scenic flight from the german built town of Swakopmund.
The Damaraland's semi-desert wilderness is unique and spectacular. It's a vast region, home to giant rock kopje's, craters, rock paintings, divers landscapes and phenomenal views. Every day travelling through it will be different and eye-catching. It is also the home to the country’s famous desert-adapted elephants and black rhino, and also to a few small communities who call it home.
Etosha National Park
Etosha National Park is Namibia's most renowned wildlife region and National Park. It also famously is built up on salt pans; the main depression covering roughly 5,000 square kilometers. It also hosts a huge variety of both big game and small game. Sparse for waterholes, you often see a multitude of game gatherings around one waterhole for a drink, which makes one hell of a photo!
The Caprivi Strip
The Caprivi Strip is a salient of Namibia. It also borders Botswana, Angola and Zambia, and its eastern tip is only near to 100m away from Zimbabwe. It's of great value to Namibia as it gives it access to the Zambezi River, which makes it Namibia's most luscious corners. Here you can do river cruises, fishing activities and see a huge array of birdlife and water based game (crocodiles, hippos etc). The are ais also rich in wildlife, which can be seen in Bwabwata National Park, Mudumu National Park and Nkasa Rupara National Park.
Chobe National Park
After driving up the Caprivi Strip, you will drop down into Botswana and into Chobe National Park, located in northern Botswana. Chobe is a beautiful park, known for its massive herds of buffalo and elephant, and big cats. This itinerary has you go through along the Chobe River Front, which is arguably the stand-out section of this park.
Victoria Falls & Zambezi River
One of the world's natural wonders, the Victoria Falls is impressive. There is a lot to be done at the end of your itinerary, so it's good to spend a few days in the area. You can do river cruises on the Zambezi River, visit the Victoria Falls (& Devil's Pool!), go micro-lighting, helicopter trips, fishing activities, white water rafting and much, much more.